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Animation Scoop Editor Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer and author of over 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, co-founded Cartoon Brew and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He is on the faculty of Woodbury University in Burbank and his latest book is The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

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Syfy's "Defiance" Plays A Whole New Game

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • April 15, 2013 12:48 PM
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Television shows based on a video game are nothing new, but tonight's Defiance is the ultimate audience crossover. The show is not based on the game, and the game is not based on the show. They are happening at the same time, with events from one spilling into the other.

EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Clampett's "Animate Me"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 15, 2013 12:01 AM
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The most exciting animation book of 2013? I'd place my bet on a new novel by Ruth Clampett.

Cinefamily resurrects Lucasfilm's "Twice Upon A Time" (1983)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 14, 2013 2:36 PM
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Los Angeles repertory cinema The Cinefamily will score a coup later this month - they will be screening a 35mm print of the seldom seen animated feature Twice Upon A Time. The 1983 Lucasfilm production was a Ladd Company presentation through Warner Bros. It was also an unusual failure at the box office at the time for the Star Wars mogul.

World's Largest Cartoon Screening

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 14, 2013 2:06 AM
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Animation Scoop reader Jess Price sent in this photo (above) from the cartoon screening he attended last night: Chuck Jones' 1957 Bugs Bunny cartoon What's Opera Doc? on the world's largest high-definition screen.

The Animated Jonathan Winters (1925-2013)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 12, 2013 3:55 PM
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Above is a publicity clipping of Jonathan Winters for the first movie he ever "appeared" in - as the voice of Sir Quigley Brokenbottom, a pig, in American International's anime pick-up Alakazam The Great (coincidentally one of the first anime films ever imported to the US).

Dreamworks Buys Trolls

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 12, 2013 2:28 AM
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The Trolls joins the portfolio of well-known characters Dreamworks recently acquired with their purchase of Classic Media (which included rights to Underdog, Casper The Friendly Ghost, Rankin-Bass' Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Mr. Magoo and literally hundreds of others).

Immersed in Movies: Disney Animation Lays Off Hand-Drawn 2D Vets

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 11, 2013 8:29 PM
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How sad and ironic: A week after the wonderful "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" 25th anniversary celebration at the Academy, Disney lays off some key hand-drawn 2D animation vets as part of its studio-wide downsizing.

DVD Review: Disney's Sofia The First

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • April 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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According to the Nielsen ratings, Disney Channel's Sofia The First is the most-watched cable series among children 2 to 5. I've asked Greg Ehrbar, Animation Scoop's steadfast DVD reviewer, to take a look at the recently released Sofia The First DVD and let us know what all the fuss is about.

Video Scoop: "Riverside" by Chris Garrison

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 11, 2013 12:01 AM
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Cartoonist/animator Chris Garrison just finished animating this music video, Riverside, for Birmingham Alabama-based group 13 Ghosts. Garrison effectively combines the song's dark love story with a fun cartoony look.

Los Angeles Children's Film Festival to Premiere Several Animated Features

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 10, 2013 10:42 PM
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The Los Angeles Children's Film Festival will screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica from Friday April 26th through Sunday May 5th. The LACFF is providing a unique opportunity to see animated features that may have no other outlet in the United States.

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